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  1. Bear and I played Cinder Ridge yesterday morning. It was in better shape than I’ve ever seen Cinder in. Lots of sand in the traps and the greens were rolling smooth and even kinda sorta firm (about 9). The area in front of the 18th green that’s always soaked has been resodded and was very wet but the rest of the course was fairly firm. My game was really inconsistent. I had some stellar ball striking on the back but played like donkey on the last two holes. 78.
  2. I badmouthed LaGrange’s practice area but on Easter Sunday when I went to visit my parents a club member told me they got rid of their old range (they had this 165-yard long piece of land with extremely limited-flight range balls) and added Trackman booths and turf mats. The mats stink but he said the Trackman is great. That said, the course is still boring. My dad could hit a long iron from his front yard to the tenth tee and he never even considered joining. He grew up at Beverly and mocked how comically flat LGCC is. I’m not sure if you looked into it but Chicago Highlands would b
  3. River Pointe CC today as Bear continued his tour of NWI courses he’ll never play again once he sells out and moves to the ‘burbs. It was really firm with the lack of rain but I wasn’t able to take advantage off the tee. I hadn’t played RP in about 4 years but it hasn’t changed at all. Still cheap ($25 to walk), still sending out men’s leagues on weekends, and still with its fair share of rough edges. We dodged raindrops on a few holes but the sun came out for a bit on the back nine. 78.
  4. I’d second Highlands of Elgin or Bowes Creek. There’s no discount to walk Bowes but they allow it. When Thunderhawk gets around to finally opening, that’s another option. Pine Meadows is also stellar, though definitely call first to confirm they haven’t punched their greens. Blackstone is an excellent course that won’t kick your teeth in but pace can be a real issue there depending on when you tee off. Fast greens are great until guys start four putting and rounds come to a standstill.
  5. Just a golf club. No pool and they aren’t wild about women. My aunt was a member for decades and when they started to restrict how much she could play the course she bailed.
  6. Yeah, caddies are generally mandatory if you walk country clubs around here (taking a caddy for a cart chase is encouraged but not mandatory, though carts themselves are completely unnecessary given how flat the terrain is) but they’re middle school and high school-age so it’s not a huge extra cost. The other thing to be cognizant of is getting stuck on a waiting list. I think Beverly has one and I know for sure that Butterfield has one. There is also a pretty thorough screening/vetting process at Butterfield. Some clubs are begging for members and will let you join right away.
  7. Redtail and Bowes Creek today. Not sure where all the other golfers were. Bear and I had both courses to ourselves. It was a little nippy at Redtail for round one and it felt like no matter what the wind was always either a nasty cross wind or right in our face. However, the course itself was the driest I’ve ever seen it and the greens were running at a legit 10.5. Usually, Redtail is a place to throw approach shots right at the flag sticks but not today. They’re hosting a women’s tournament tomorrow and if they actually roll their greens, they could have them going at 11 or 11.5. I didn’t thi
  8. LaGrange won’t meet your criteria. The practice area there stinks and the course is boring. You can literally see all the way across. It’s a Langford design but it doesn’t feel like it. So many redesigns and updates over the years. I’d also suggest Chicago Highlands. Not sure if it will met your price point but the course is really fun. Great practice area. Family friendly.
  9. Broken Arrow today. There were strong 20+ mph gusts throughout the round but it’s nice to play three days in a row. Spring Break is the best. Broken Arrow was pretty meh. The greens still had visible punch marks from last Fall and were rolling at maybe 8 or 8.5. The bunkers are never good there but they were total trash. Worse than Oak Grove. Just mud, leaves, and hard pan. Thankfully I stayed out of the traps, though I wouldn’t argue if someone said they were unplayable. The fairways and tee boxes were fine. I didn’t make any birdies but hit 12 greens, had no three putts and finished with a 7
  10. Palmira this morning. Only at Palmira would there be a frost delay but they still let me warm up on the grass range. The course is bright green down there. No more Winter dormancy, which is nice. Ball striking was pretty good and I’ve shaken off the Winter rust. I had a handful of good looks at birdie but couldn’t cash in. Burnt edges and lipped out putts all day. 75.
  11. Bear and I played Inwood today in a wind tunnel. Cold northwest breeze + high 30’s temps = less than ideal playing conditions. But we both struck the ball well, especially on the back nine. Inwood punched their greens really late last Fall and they were almost recovered but still a little bumpy. The course was very green. A nice mix of natural green and green dye. 77.
  12. As I said, there are decent courses in the South suburbs. Cardinal Creek ain’t one of ‘em. I do a have soft spot for any course that has clear views of a Dollar General and a Casey’s General Store. The greens were actually pretty good. My game was not. I was very rigid and just not smooth. Im definitely still shaking off the winter rust. Since CC is easy, I had a birdie-free 76 but I need some range time to work some kinks out.
  13. There are a lot of decent courses in the South suburbs but Bear wants to make one last visit to, of all places, Cardinal Creek. Last year I shot 73 and 70 at the Oakmont of Beecher but ol’ Bear didn’t fare so well and is hoping for a revenge round in what might be his last visit there.
  14. White Hawk Black and Silver today with Bear. He’s bailing on city living in a couple of months so we’re knocking off the South Suburban courses that he likely won’t be hitting up anymore. Everything about today was outstanding. The weather was awesome (high 50’s and sunny), we were the first ones out and only had to wait out a 20 minute frost delay and our games are coming around after shaking off the usual winter rust. Also, WH at $29 to walk is a steal. It was the driest I’ve ever seen it and we were getting tour roll out. Silver Hawk isn’t quite as daunting with drives rolling out. It’s sti
  15. Deer Creek was a sloppy mess on Sunday but everything is nice and thawed out for this weekend. It'll be cold, sure, but the snow and ice are gone. I'm sure courses will be CPO. That doesn't impact us walkers but ought to keep some casual golfers off of courses.
  16. Piretti Matera FN arrived on Thursday.
  17. I don’t think we’ll be on Chicago courses until mid-March. More snow coming in 3 of the next 4 days.
  18. I know it’s strictly aesthetic but I love the micro honeycomb milling. It’s such a nice touch.
  19. Sanctuary today, because Bear and I are both really dumb. It was about 20 degrees when we teed off and might have gotten into the mid-20’s by the time we finished. The course was covered in frost but the entire place was dormant enough that they just let us out. Plus, they don’t really care about frost delays there. I had enough layers on that it didn’t feel that cold until 17 and 18. But those two holes were frigid.
  20. I went to high school with Keiser’s son and was on the golf team with him at Ignatius. Nice guy from Lincoln Park. Pretty good golfer. You’d never know his dad was a billionaire, though back then he might have been a multi-millionaire. Anyway, Mike preferred playing the Dunes Club to some of his dad’s more prominent 18 hole courses (though this was in the late 90’s before his dad owned places like Banden). It fits that Mike Jr. would be building a private club rather than something open to the public.
  21. GDN today. When we got there, a bunch of guys were hanging around waiting out a frost delay. Apparently there were two patches of frost on 1 and 2. They weren’t visible nor do I think they were even still present but...whatever. The course was in horrid shape. I didn’t think Highland Woods would be in considerably better condition than GDN but that was absolutely the case. I hit the ball really well but had no birdies and five bogies. 77. I think that will probably be it for golf in 2020.
  22. Highland Woods today. Bear is nearing 100 rounds and I'm up to 57. Hopefully he can get to triple digits before the cold front comes in later this week. HW was quite firm and the greens were probably the fastest I've played all year. It's crazy what happens when a course freezes. It was in the low 30's for the first few holes and we both limped to a 40 on the front. However, I shot -2 on the back with birdies on 15 and 18. Ball striking with the new irons was excellent and my putter was behaving as well. Walking up 18 was comical with an orange ball and a lime green ball sitting on a spray pai
  23. I remember we played the week before that Open. There were 30 mph winds and there had been no rain for a couple of weeks previous, which was very rare for that time of year. I walked off the course thinking if these were the conditions for the Open, the winning score could be over par. Then Kevin Na complained, they cut a bunch of fescue, it poured rain, and the pros ripped up Erin Hills.
  24. This is the problem with courses in the Midwest. It rains here at inconvenient times. It rains pretty much every Father's Day Weekend, meaning anytime a US Open is held around here, the courses are soft and scores will be low. The tournament at Medinah in 2019 had almost comical scores. I don't know what the solution is though. More redesigns can't change regional weather patterns.
  25. It’s in my signature. Honma TW747v 4-10 with Nippon Modus 105 shafts. I’ve never had a 10 iron before. Lots of PW’s but never a 10. I like them. More compact than my 919 Tours and I don’t miss the huge 919 Forged 5 iron. The problem is it was 32° when we teed off so I put a Duo in play. It’s tough to gauge how an iron feels when hitting the Duo. Every shot feels like a ProV1 in July.
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